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An X-ray, optical and infra-red study of high-mass X-Ray binaries in the small magellanic cloud

An X-ray, optical and infra-red study of high-mass X-Ray binaries in the small magellanic cloud
An X-ray, optical and infra-red study of high-mass X-Ray binaries in the small magellanic cloud
The known population of high-mass X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud is continually growing and is now a similar size to that of the Milky Way, despite a significant mass difference between the two galaxies. In this thesis, I present multi-wavelength observations of Be/X-ray binaries that have undergone an outburst during the past three years, including the discovery of new systems and extended outbursts from previously known sources. The results are discussed in terms of both the underlying physics of individual outbursts and how the growing SMC population is helping our understanding of the formation and evolution of highmass X-ray binaries. In particular, I describe the orbital analysis of every extended X-ray outburst detected by the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer and present the first significant sample of systems outside of the Milky Way for which a binary orbital solution is known.
Townsend, Lee J.
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Townsend, Lee J.
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Coe, Malcolm
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(2012) An X-ray, optical and infra-red study of high-mass X-Ray binaries in the small magellanic cloud. University of Southampton, Physics and Astronomy, Doctoral Thesis, 188pp.

Record type: Thesis (Doctoral)

Abstract

The known population of high-mass X-ray binaries in the Small Magellanic Cloud is continually growing and is now a similar size to that of the Milky Way, despite a significant mass difference between the two galaxies. In this thesis, I present multi-wavelength observations of Be/X-ray binaries that have undergone an outburst during the past three years, including the discovery of new systems and extended outbursts from previously known sources. The results are discussed in terms of both the underlying physics of individual outbursts and how the growing SMC population is helping our understanding of the formation and evolution of highmass X-ray binaries. In particular, I describe the orbital analysis of every extended X-ray outburst detected by the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer and present the first significant sample of systems outside of the Milky Way for which a binary orbital solution is known.

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Published date: 17 March 2012
Organisations: University of Southampton, Physics & Astronomy

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Local EPrints ID: 337555
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/337555
PURE UUID: b5d9e8ba-1c9d-425c-800a-a74d90b1bae7
ORCID for Malcolm Coe: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0763-8547

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Date deposited: 29 Jun 2012 14:30
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 13:17

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Author: Lee J. Townsend
Thesis advisor: Malcolm Coe ORCID iD

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